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Bacteria-laden Sponges Arriving in the Mail, Possibly From Terrorists-Fiction!
Summary of Rumor:
An email from a woman
who says she got a warning from her boss who got word from her
mother who got word from her son who is in the military. The
warning is military sources say that people associated with the
terrorists that have attacked America have mailed, or may be about
to mail, dangerous envelopes to U.S. Citizens. The envelopes
look like a product promotion and say "Free Sponge
Inside!" The warning is to not open the envelope
because the sponge inside has a bacteria on it that the email refers
to as "damaging." The email also says the scheme is
the "new culprit."
The Truth: This is a hoax. It is a variation of another widely-circulated
about The Klingerman virus.
The difference is that this eRumor claims that an envelope will
arrive with a bacteria-tainted sponge inside. It doesn't describe
what effect the bacteria will have. The Klingerman hoax says
that a blue envelope
will come in the mail from what is called The Klingerman Foundation
and that a sponge inside is instantly fatal if touched.
This eRumor also describes this danger as the "new
culprit." We are guessing that is a reference to
speculation about what the next step of the terrorists who attacked
American will be.
A real example of the story as it has
Yesterday my "boss lady" received a call from her mom.
"Mom" has a close friend whose son is in the military ... son
had called his mom to warn and pass on news. He informed his mom to
BEWARE OF REGULAR MAIL. We were told that the information indeed came
from a most reliable source, and should be regarded as such.
He explained that military sources had warned that
people associated with the terrorist group involved with the recent
incidents HAVE mailed or MAY BE ABOUT TO Mail envelopes to citizens.
The envelopes are of a "promotional" nature,
and indicate "Free Sponge Inside!" ****** DO NOT OPEN THE
ENVELOPE! ****** PLACE IT IN A SEALED CONTAINER AND CONTACT YOUR LOCAL
AUTHORITIES. It was indicated that the so-called "free sponge"
is tainted with damaging bacteria, that once released / touched / etc.
is the 'new culprit'.
* DO NOT ALLOW CHILDREN TO OPEN YOUR MAIL * DO NOT
JUST THROW OUT WHAT APPEARS TO BE 'JUNK MAIL' ---- THAT ENVELOPE MAY
FALL INTO SOMEONE ELSE'S HANDS * READ THE EXTERIOR OF ENVELOPES RECEIVED
BEFORE OPENING OR DISCARDING
Most of all, pray for our nation and our citizens, our
leaders in their resolve and decisions, and God Bless America! We were
asked to pass this on as soon as possible to any and all people we know.
Please do so also. Thanks and have a good day.
Hugs to all! Carole
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